This Mercedes F1 car was driven by Lewis Hamilton at 14 out of the 19 events during the 2013 Formula One season, and it was the winner of the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix. Power comes from a naturally aspirated 2.4L V8 engine with an 18,000-rpm redline generating 750 horsepower with an additional 80 horsepower available through the kinetic energy recovery system (KERS), mated to a seven-speed semi-automatic transmission.
Chassis F1W04-04 was the first to feature front-to-rear inter-connected suspension (FRIC) for improved mechanical grip, while also being the last Mercedes-AMG F1 car with a high nose. This chassis jump started Lewis Hamilton’s career with Mercedes-AMG. He would finish the season fourth in the driver’s championship with five pole positions and five podium finishes. It recently sold for $18.8 million at RM Sotheby’s Las Vegas, Nevada auction.
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For the dedicated Mercedes racing collector or speculator intent on acquiring a race-winning competition car from the world’s most elite motorsport, driven to victory by a living legend, it should be noted that the vast majority of Mercedes team cars have remained within company ownership, and it is confirmed that this car, chassis F1W04-04, is the sole Hamilton-driven Mercedes-AMG Formula One car to be sold outside of the Mercedes organization,” said RM Sotheby’s.